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Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 

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Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.

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    Parent/Community Partnerships

    LWSD schools, especially at the high school level, partner in many different ways with organizations in the community and with parents.

    As a school district serving families in Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, and King County, it’s important to coordinate with our local cities. In particular, we look for ways to share resources to benefit our schools and communities. We have field partnerships that enable shared costs and shared use. That makes sense for schools that only use play and sports fields for limited hours on weekdays while city parks departments use the same kinds of fields during the afternoons and evenings and on weekends. City recreation programs also make use of school buildings to offer programs outside of school hours. By sharing our resources, together with our city partners, we can serve families and our greater community better and more cost effectively.

    Parents are critical partners not only in the education of their own children but in developing a strong school community. The PTSA is an important partner in LWSD in many ways. School PTSA units raise funds and provide enrichment programs. They advocate on behalf of schools with local and state government. The PTSA Council works with the district to provide parent education programs.

    Our district also benefits from the expertise and professionals at social service and healthcare agencies in our area. While we are in a relatively affluent area, there are families in our district who can use additional help. For example, the Pantry Pack program, powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, ensures that students who might not get enough to eat outside of school meal programs, go home for the weekend with a backpack full of food they can make themselves. We also contract with such organizations to offer services in school to students. For example, Youth Eastside Services (YES) counselors provide counseling, drug & alcohol and other services in our schools. Beginning this year, Evergreen Health social workers will work with students in our four comprehensive high schools.

    PTSA in LWSD - Support schools and be involved in your child’s education.

    Gifted Education Advisory Council Supports parents, students and educators in the Lake Washington School District highly capable community, including the LWSD Quest program.

    PTSA Special Education Group – Helps connect parents in the Lake Washington School District who have children with disabilities.

    LWSD Art Docent Program – Provides lessons and resources for elementary school art volunteers.

    Lake Washington Schools Foundation – Supports programs, activities and learning that benefit students and families throughout the district.